Havoc Rising

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
316 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2015
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Author Biography

Brian S. Leon is truly a jack of all trades and a master of none. He writes just to do something with all the useless degrees and skills he’s accumulated over the years. Most of them have no practical application in civilized society, anyway. His interests include mythology and fishing, in pursuit of which he has explored jungles and museums, oceans and seas all over the world.

His credentials include an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, plus extensive postgraduate work in evolutionary biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied animals most people aren’t even aware exist and theories no one really cares about anyway.

Over his varied career, Brian’s articles have been published in academic journals and popular magazines that most normal people would never read. They can be found in The American Society of Primatologists, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Proceedings of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the like.

His more mainstream work came as an editor for Marlin and FlyFishing in Salt Waters magazines, where he published articles about fishing and fishing techniques around the world. He won a Charlie Award in 2004 from the Florida Magazine Association for Best Editorial, and several of his photographs have appeared on a number of magazine covers—almost an achievement of note, if they weren’t all fishing magazines.

Always a picky reader, Mr. Leon enjoys stories by classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell and Jim Butcher. These books, in combination with an inordinate amount of free time, inspired him to come up with tales of his own.

Brian currently resides in San Diego, California.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Havoc Rising is a modern day fantasy novel by author Brian S. Leon. Building on the popular trope of Grecian gods existing in secret in the modern day, our hero of old is Steve, but his true name is Diomedes, famed warrior of the Trojan War and countless other battles. Ancient concepts of witchcraft worshippers and powerful magical items are re-used in the modern day United States, when mad Medea, wife of a certain fabled Argonaut, gets her hands on the Cup of Jamshid, an artifice used to foresee the future. Diomedes is a somewhat jaded warrior in a complex modern world, but he knows that he must retrieve the cup if the mortal race is to go on living peacefully.

San Diego and New York City take on dizzying new perspectives as Brian S. Leon populates them with not only Greek gods, but magical beings from a variety of intriguing and interconnecting myths. It took me a little while to come to terms with Steve as a central hero, who seems so out of place in the modern world, but I found his battle tactics to be pleasingly relevant. The action in general in the book is very well described and will appeal to readers who enjoy a good gritty fight, and the further you read into Diomedes’ story and his ancient past, the more cohesive the book becomes. Overall, I’d say Havoc Rising has a place on the reading list of every action and fantasy fan looking for a new twist on gods and warriors.

Rabia Tanveer

In Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon, we see how ancient mythologies are mingling with modern day life. Diomedes Tydides, or Steve to the modern world, is not an ordinary man. After the Trojan War, Diomedes was given immortality and now he is living in modern America among the people who have no idea what is going around them. When Athena, the goddess of war, asks him for a new mission, he is ready to get back on the saddle.

A bomb exploding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art shakes everyone, but the crime is not what the human authorities think it is. The Cup of Jamshid was stolen and Diomedes knows that the object is powerful enough that no one with good intentions will steal it. He finds the cup beneath Central Park and retrieves it from the clutches of a Shaman, but soon the Cup is stolen again, and this time his allies are killed in the process too. With an adversary so big and powerful, Diomedes has to work stealthily and efficiently. One misstep and he will be responsible for a catastrophe so big, no one will survive.

Havoc Rising is everything a mythological fan dreams of. Brian S. Leon has written a fantastic work of fiction where he meshes the modern world and ancient Greek mythology perfectly. The dialogues were always in sync, the characters were strong and resilient, the flow of the novel was smooth and, of course, the suspense was always there to keep the reader reading on. The writing was crisp and very entertaining. Diomedes worked like a hero and felt like a hero. I feel that this is a stellar novel that will do wonderfully and make its mark. I hope there will be more novels in the series!